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A Renaissance castle in the heart of the city
Word to the wise: Don't miss the museum in the castle's basement where the crown jewels are on display.
In 1606, King Christian IV gave orders for a summer residence to be built in a newly established park, Kongens Have (King’s Garden). A summerhouse befitting a King is no humble cottage, however, and the result was the beautiful, Dutch Renaissance-style Rosenborg Castle.
Royalty resided here for 300 years, and today 24 of the castle’s rooms are open to visitors, providing an insight into the daily lives of the Danish monarchy. The castle's draw-bridged moat is what remains of the original waterway surrounding the ancient city of Copenhagen.
Kongens Have is not only Copengagen's oldest park but its most popular, too. After sightseeing, make like a local and enjoy a picnic on the lawn.